Welcome to the Cloud/ Virtualization Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from Cloud and Virtualization experts. This Blog provides insights into the Cloud/Virtualization Management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM
Modern Cloud infrastructures are built leveraging thousands of highly distributed servers, used to provide services directly to customers over the Internet. The service provider has two extremely important objectives, which, unfortunately, are to some degree contrasting: a) ensure continuous availability of the Cloud service, and b) contain the cost of the infrastructure and administration (CAPEX and OPEX). There are several factors that have an impact on the availability of services, mostly related to infrastructure failures. Failures are not... [More]
Pay as you go is one of the characteristics
of cloud computing service. To provide such a service we need to track the usage
data for each cloud offering. For example, in an IaaS cloud platform, the usage
data is normally the CPU, Memory, Disk, Network. For a SaaS cloud offering
like Maximo as a Service (MaaS), the usage data required to charge the cloud
offering consumer may be the business usage data, such as: how many assets are
managed in the cloud for how many days, how many service requests or work orders
are processed Tivoli... [More]
I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images as well. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them is the need anyway to provide to the end user some configuration and customization possibilities. It could be something trivial like having your own screen saver, or a special keyboard and language configuration or it could be something like connecting the softwares inside the image to some specific devices, disks or additional, external software. I even do not want to think about having a... [More]
With December's release of IBM SmartCloud Monitoring, Tivoli's venerable IBM Tivoli Monitoring product family, proven in data centers at the world's largest corporations, begins to adopt a "Cloud" posture. Sure, "Cloud" is a term bereft of a clear operational definition that we can apply at any given moment, and customers, analysts and vendors tend to bandy it about pretty freely these days. However, if we don't get too hung up what Cloud is or isn't, we can probably agree that it represents a migration from our... [More]
Framework Manager, a
Windows only desktop client is a tool used to customize/extend/create
data models. If the user wants to add new or 3rd party data to Tivoli
data, he can use the data modeling tool to enhance/create data models
that can be used for reporting. However, if the user wants to if the user wants to
create reports with the attribute groups supported by the installed
agent only, he will not need to use this tool.
Installing Framework Manager: Framework Manager (FM) ships with Tivoli Common Reporting (TCR) and the... [More]
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) 7.2.2 introduces the concept of extension, a set of TSAM software components that can implement a new IT service automation solution (known as a service definition) or add capabilities to existing service definitions. This article ( Deploy a J2EE app with TSAM extensions ) defines a scenario in which the desired result is to securely deploy a three-tiered enterprise application (a J2EE app) to the cloud. It demonstrates how to set up and provision extensions in TSAM as the first step to... [More]
I've been impressed by the speed of
provisioning a set of virtual machines in just a few tens of seconds
using IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning. In most cases you can get a
running virtual machine in less than one minute.
The Smart Cloud Provisioning technology
has been devised and particularly optimized for managing the
following cloud infrastructure scenarios:
Infrastructure composed of
High level of standardization with
a relative small set of master images used to provision many
instances from the... [More]
As customers consolidate and virtualize application workloads along their journey toward Cloud, the cost savings that they had envisioned often prove elusive. True efficiency comes from the ability to right-size both the environment and the virtual workloads - in response to actual performance data, rather than theoretical estimates – in order to create an optimized Cloud infrastructure that runs densely enough to provide true consolidation while maintaining application service levels and room for expansion. The migration to a Cloud... [More]
If you would like to try out IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 core functionalities but you are worried you do not have time to spend installing it or you do not have enough hardware, you can download a special demo package from Integrated Service Management Library It gets installed in a single physical box. The system must use x86_64 processors that support virtualization. In addition to that you need at least 3 GB memory and 30 GB disk space The required operating system for this installation is Linux CentOS 6.0 64 bits. In addition to that... [More]
I really liked the post Rapid deployments with IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning that explains how simple and fast is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning. But once the instances are deployed the next questions are: How can I "easily" manage them from patch management point of view ? How can I "ensure" that they satisfy my corporate and security standards ? The solution is to integrate SmartCloud Provisioning with Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM) so that all the running instances will be connected to the TEM Server... [More]
You can get some expert exposure to Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager and our Cloud Cost Management solutions via
our demo's and workshops at Pulse 2012. Please come along to see us if
you are at Pulse this year.
. The workshops are in the MGM Studio Ballrooms. Lab B02 IBM Service Delivery Manager IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager Cloud Cost Management .
In this lab exercise, you learn how to use IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) for metering and also accounting for projects and servers in a IBM Service Delivery... [More]
Are your queries taking an
unusually long time to run for the amount of data that you've in your
Tivoli Data Warehouse? Do your Cognos based reports take forever to
render the screen with some results? There are several tweaks that can
be made to the data model and the reports to get optimum performance
while running your reports. Some of the best practices to be followed while developing your custom reports and data models are discussed here.
Editing the data model using Framework Manager to optimize performance of queries:... [More]
Cloud systems have made a huge
improvement in terms of tracking and performance. In “Rapid deployments with
IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning” blog, we have shown that virtual machines or
appliances can be started and configured in a matter of seconds. It has never
been so easy to create a virtual machine (VM), install software, and configure
middleware. However, with great power comes great responsibility… it is now
possible to create a VM, but what is its lifecycle? Will it be destroyed after
being used, is the starting image deprecated, or... [More]
ITM for Virtual Environments provides out-of-the-box pages in TIP (Tivoli Integrated Portal) that display well on a standard screen size of 1280 by 1024 pixels. If you use a higher screen resolution, you can customize the TIP pages to better suit your screen. Additionally, you can rearrange the components on a TIP page if you prefer that certain widgets are shown on a certain portion of the page. Let's examine both of these customizations. Let's go through an example where we use a screen resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels, to see how we can... [More]
How do I find out if my warehouse has all the tables/views needed to run a report or create a custom report?
A new set of reports have been added under the folder "Prerequisites
Checking" in ITMfVE 7.1 for the VMware VI agent which provide you with a
prerequisite scanner that checks if the list of all tables/views needed
to run the predefined reports and the ones needed to support custom
reporting are available in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. It also checks the
VMware VI agent version and lets you know if the available... [More]
SmartCloud Provisioning is an infr astr uctu re-a s-a- serv ice cloud able
to work with different types of hypervisors. You can easily install
and configure new compute nodes to run your virtual images on KVM,
VMWare and Xen.
is a very interesting sentence, and it seems to be very useful. First
time I read it, I thought: “Do I need to have 3 different images?
Can I have same image running on any hypervisor?” Answers are yes
to both question. Depending on how you would run your image you could
need have different images for... [More]
Thank you to everyone who attended the Global Tivoli User Community - Simplify Cloud Management with IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. If you did not have an opportunity to take advantage of this free training live - you can still take advantage by viewing the replay. Slides, demonstrations and audio are captured in the recording. Registered attendees may view the Playback with this link: https://de202.centra.com:443/GP/main/0000002d488f160134dc28bb9c007b01 OR To register to view this Playback:... [More]
SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to minimize the use of a centralized “command and control” approach, in favor of scale out management, where endpoints can participate in management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database. This allows SmartCloud Provisioning to handle multiple provisioning tasks in parallel, across an unlimited number of servers. Cloud users can request deployments of virtual machines and have access to the provisioned systems in very few seconds, thanks to the parallel and distributed... [More]
Would you like to integrate Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) with enterprise planning software allowing you greater flexibility to budget for, and forecast your IT usage costs? The TUAM reporting team has developed an initial integration with IBM Cognos® TM1® to provide an environment for developing timely, reliable and personalised forecasts and budgets. What
is Cognos TM1 ?
IBM Cognos® TM1® is a complete enterprise planning solution. It supports a full range of enterprise planning requirements including financial analytics... [More]
There is a brand new demo for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2. It is launchpad based hence allowing you to dive into various capabilities individually with a short and quick overview. It covers the main IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities: fast virtual image provisioning easily extending your cloud infrastructure fault tolerance low touch image management: controlling image sprawl drift analysis image search Enjoy it clicking here
We're pleased to make available as a beta Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. As this is a beta we welcome any and all feedback. Service Health (Beta) for IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning provides prebuilt integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. This solution allows you to easily monitor your IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure to identify and react to issues in your environment. This solution is available via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library( ISML ). You can find... [More]
The fix is downloadable from Fix Central and it is identified as 1.2.0-TIV-ISCP-IF0001 It addresses the following problems:
The Activation Engine inside images built with Image Construction and Composition Tool hangs on configNTP.
The size of images checked out from Virtual Image Library in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is zero.
Blank instance row in the webconsole
Instances running on the hypervisor are not shown in the output of iaas-describe-instances
Capturing the instance hosting Virtual Image Library... [More]
SmartCloud Provisioning released its stand-alone, limited-fcunction version here: http://www-304.ibm.com/software/brandcatalog/ismlibrary/details?catalog.label=1TW10OU00 If you only has 1 HW, you can play with it. Nice to have it in hand to understand the product and learn how to use it.
The TUAM team are pleased to announce the delivery of a further 17 TCR Cognos reports . These enhance the existing TUAM reporting set plus allow you to: See examples of Cognos Dashboards containing Usage and Financial Reports Compare your budgets against actuals at clients and line item level with the new client Budget and the Line Item Budget Reports Understand the percentage cost of the services you are using with the Percentage Report Understand the variance in costs and resource usage between months and years with the Cost Variance and... [More]
A usual adoption
pattern for cloud computing are desktops. It's really straight
forward because in general each company has standardized desktops:
only some specific version of the operating system are supported,
only specific flavours, only some applications are allowed and
typically everything is managed by the IT team.
If we think at the
benefits of adopting desktop cloud, some of them really jump
powerfully in front of the eyes: the IT team can really enforce
standardization (e.g. you can select as desktop only one of... [More]
In my previous blog I talked about the speed of deployment of virtual machines when using IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning. I showed that virtual machines can be started and configured in a matter of seconds and I described a little in bit in details how this could be achieved in terms of the internal infrastructure of the product. Today I would like to talk about another aspect of IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning that contributes to make it a low-touch solution: its installation/configuration process. The IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning solution is... [More]
Among top challenges for cloud, Security is the top most
concern. There are several concerns with regard to securing the cloud. Cloud
computing tests the limits of security operations and infrastructure for the
various security and privacy domains. Check out all the details of these
interesting topic discussed as part of these blog posts.
the Cloud Adoption Patterns
5 Challenges to Cloud Computing
Security – The top most concern & opportunity
Security Design... [More]
The open beta program for the upcoming IBM SmartCloud Provisioning release started: Freely download the code , run it unattended in your premises without the need to sign a non-disclosure agreement Discuss what you think about that on a dedicated forum Watch demonstrations of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities in the work and tell us if you like or do not like the newest features just clicking a button. Join our community to get early access to and provide feedback on cloud provisioning and orchestration technologies Stay tuned to the... [More]